Join Leesa Kelly, Executive Director of Memorialize the Movement (MTM), to learn about the amazing work her and her team are doing at the intersection of grassroots organizing, protest art, and social justice. Better yet, learn about Community Creates, a year long program done collaboration with the Liberal Arts Engagement Hub connecting UMN students with local businesses, organizations, activities, organizers, and storytellers!
Read more below… or just join us in person for lunch!
Leesa Kelly is an activist, writer, public speaker, and curator. Leesa is the Founder and Executive Director of Memorialize the Movement, a grassroots organization that preserves, displays, and educates the public on the protest plywood murals that emerged after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in 2020. Through her work with Memorialize the Movement, Leesa has spoken at over 17 conferences and universities, organized large-scale exhibitions in the Twin Cities and New York, and has led workshops on cultivating BIPOC representation and visibility in the museum and conservation industry. She believes in dismantling oppressive systems and rebuilding new systems that work for ALL people.
Community Creates is a year-long series designed to connect University of Minnesota students with local businesses, organizations, activists, organizers, and storytellers. Understanding the “why” and the “how” behind some of your favorite local shops, organizers, and activists lends a unique perspective to students interested in working within a community after college. Memorialize the Movement (MTM) offers students a chance to hear their stories and learn from their lived experiences.
The Community Creates series will be split into two parts; part one will involve inviting students to participate in our monthly Paint to Express (PTE) workshops hosted in collaboration with community partners. Each workshop will be held in a different location in collaboration with a small business or organization. These partners will facilitate a conversation about what they do and how and why their work is important to the communities they serve. The second part will be monthly PTE workshops held at The Hub, featuring collaborations between MTM and College of Liberal Arts departments. MTM will collaborate with a different department for each workshop to lead a guided conversation with students about how our differences can be leveraged to build stronger community bonds.
Seeding Social Entrepreneurship is a speaker series at the Toaster encouraging conversation, ideation, and action around topic areas of interest to UMN students. Connect with fellow students, hear from campus and community experts, and plant a seed for social change.
Date: Friday, September 29, 2023
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Toaster Ideation Hub
Campus: Walter Library